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H.R. 2792 (115th): Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act of 2017

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About the bill

Should somebody lose their taxpayer-supported benefits if they have an outstanding warrant --- even if they haven't actually been convicted of the crime?

The Control Unlawful Fugitive Felons Act (CUFF), which passed the House in September, would do just that.

What the bill does

The legislation would discontinue Social Security and retirement benefits for any person subject to an outstanding warrant or parole violation.

The bill would overturn a 2009 California District Court ruling, which forced the Social Security Administration to resume such payments after the agency had previously denied them. This bill would deny them once again.

It only applies to those people facing federal or state felony charges subject to at least one year in prison, so misdemeanor charges would be exempt --- good news if you haven't ...

Sponsor and status

Kristi Noem

Sponsor. Representative for South Dakota At Large. Republican.

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Last Updated: Sep 28, 2017
Length: 3 pages
Jun 6, 2017
115th Congress (2017–2019)
Died in a previous Congress

This bill was introduced in a previous session of Congress and was passed by the House on September 28, 2017 but was never passed by the Senate.


3 Cosponsors (3 Republicans)


Position statements

What legislators are saying

House passes Noem bill to cut-off Social Security benefits to felons
    — Rep. Kristi Noem [R-SD0, 2011-2018] (Sponsor) on Oct 2, 2017

Shea-Porter Statement on H.R. 2792, the CUFF Act
    — Rep. Carol Shea-Porter [D-NH1, 2017-2018] on Sep 28, 2017

THIS WEEK IN CONGRESS - September 29, 2017
    — Rep. Gregorio Sablan [D-MP0] on Oct 1, 2017

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What stakeholders are saying

R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2792 will save $2.1 billion through 2027.
R Street Institute estimates H.R. 2792 will save $2.1 billion through 2027.


Jun 6, 2017

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Sep 13, 2017
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Sep 21, 2017
Reported by House Committee on Ways and Means

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Sep 28, 2017
Passed House (Senate next)

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H.R. 2792 (115th) was a bill in the United States Congress.

A bill must be passed by both the House and Senate in identical form and then be signed by the President to become law.

Bills numbers restart every two years. That means there are other bills with the number H.R. 2792. This is the one from the 115th Congress.

This bill was introduced in the 115th Congress, which met from Jan 3, 2017 to Jan 3, 2019. Legislation not passed by the end of a Congress is cleared from the books.

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